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Fighter who defeated Tom Aspinall is out to ‘ruin careers’ and ‘get paid’ after OKTAGON 52 win

Britain’s Stuart Austin kicked off the New Year on a winning note after picking up a submission victory over Adam Palasz at OKTAGON 52 in Newcastle.

The 35-year-old, who is one of three people to hold a victory over current UFC interim heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall, is now on a three-fight win streak.

Austin forced his opponent to tap in the second round and is now setting his sights on OKTAGON’s heavyweight belt which is currently held by Hated Moeil.

The Brit, who fought for the likes of Cage Warriors, Bellator and the PFL, is heading towards the final few years of his professional career and revealed how he wants to spend them.

Speaking at the post-fight press conference in Newcastle, Austin said: “The next fight is the only one that really matters for me.

“I’ve got some big names on my record but the past is the past. It’s cool to have but if you live in the past, you might as well be done. Put out to pasture and all that stuff.

“For me, the only things that matters is the next one. I’m straight up, I hate fighting nowadays. I love training, I love being around it, I like the lifestyle, I like not working a real job. I like all that stuff. I absolutely hate competing.

“When I was younger, I used to enjoy this. The crazy thing is, the less I want to be here, the better I am. I genuinely don’t care if I win or lose. Apart from you get paid more to win."

He added: “I love MMA but it’s just competing… I’ve been a pro for 14 years now. I feel like I’m on a platform I’m really enjoying. I love the promotion, everybody is great here. But I just hate getting in there and having a fight.

“I’m getting old, I’m getting long in the tooth and I feel like it’s my job now to spoil a bunch of people's parties, ruin their careers, send them on their way, get some cool highlights and just get paid. That’s kind of my priority now.”

Photo Credit: OKTAGON MMA

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